And when they are told, “Do not spread corruption on earth,” they answer, “We are but improving things!”  Oh, verily, it is they, they who are spreading corruption – but they perceive it not!

AL-BAQARAH (11, 12)

I’m convinced the reason why bribery and corruption is rampant despite the government’s efforts to contain it is that we the Malaysian rakyat are corruptible and corrupted to the core!

We smugly point fingers at the policeman, immigration officer, clerk,  branch manager, head of department who accept the RM100, RM500, RM10,000, RM50,000 offered to get things done or undone, but we do not admit we are the givers!

And now,

How smug the other component BN parties are that UMNO is going after its bribe-giving/ accepting members!

How gleeful the PR opposition parties are that their onslaught of corruption against BN/UMNO is gaining weight!   

It seems as though UMNO is the only political party guilty of this curse of mankind! What nonsense!

I bet MCA, MIC, GERAKAN /PAS, PKR,DAP are as guilty of the same misdeeds! It’s just that their newly- baptised urban members are more careful, more wily and streetwise at disguising and camouflaging their devious ploys than the rustic/ rusty UMNO members!

But it’s all in the political game isn’t it!  In the business world too!

To accept a bribe there must be givers. The fact that bribery is rampant in both the public and private sectors means that there are many people out there who think nothing of it.

There’s nothing wrong, they say! We are just helping to expedite a deal! We are rewarding those who are loyal to us, who are helping us! Apa salahnya?

We are helping our party select the most suitable candidates who will bring the best developments for the party, for the government, for the nation? What can be more patriotic than that?

Hey guys, it’s not the government alone that must act against corruption!




4 Responses to “”

  1. 1 BeYetWiser
    January 31, 2009 at 2:01 am

    LIke you said for corruption there must be givers; but there will be no givers if the civil services and police are honest and fair in their work. Eg:
    If a police stops me for a minor offence, he can actually let me off with a warning but then he acts like he’s going to give a summon, so to avoid going to the station and the hassle of lining up to pay, people gives bribe.
    If I apply for land conversion or premit and the official purposely delay the process until I offer incentives, whose fault is then?
    Its just like going to a restaurant and the host insists there is no more table but for a small sum he can release one for you; would you not give it to expediate matters? Whose fault is it, the one who is force to give or the one who set up road blocks , red tape and slow down the processs until you give before things can get done?

    Don’t blame the rakyat, because I won’t want to part with my hard earned money unless I am forced to.

    UMNO is not the only party doing all these but they have a good start 50 years in power; power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. BN have absolute power (2/3 majority) for too long until they are drunk in it. PKR and DAP are just starting to govern, so have not learn the ropes yet, so how can they be more wily and streetwise at disguising and camouflaging their devious ploys than the rustic/ rusty UMNO members?
    Of course those who have got things done through bribing will also tempt them. But you cannot lump them together just like that.

  2. 2 ninitalk
    January 31, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Exactly BeYetWiser! Appreciate your input.

    I’m not “blaming the rakyat” but urging them to change! The power is in our hands to change society for the better because we are society – NOT the political leaders or their parties!.

    If every Malaysian avoids the temptation of asking for/ giving bribes, won’t we be a cleaner, less corrupt society?

    Processes and procedures in government, business and other public activities must be clear and transparent, and governed by proper regulations.

    We the public must abide by them and not pull strings or give inducements to hurry them up.

    Of course, all this means efficiency and efficacy of systems derived from well educated and properly trained workers, who have the highest standards of morality!

    A cause worth fighting for – don’t you think BeYetWiser?

  3. 3 BeYetWiser
    January 31, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    Appreciate your response which was not highlighted in the artilce. Nobody like to give out money unless they are forced. If the public service is as efficient as that in Singapore you don’t get that much hankypanky. Why would I pay extra to speed things up if things are done on time and well.

    Do anyone pay the cashier extra at the checkout counter to get that certain thing you want unless she was hoarding it for that purpose? Its like the civil service is holding the public to ransom by slowing things down and if you want it quick, pay up. That’s the rule of the game for many of them. How to fault the developer if he wants approval fast and time means money and the govt dept knows it and gives him the run around until he pays more?

    The problem is the system of red tape and many levels of approval. Each level of officers will ask for something; if not your file will get stuck somewhere or gone ‘missing’. It took me 2 years to get a refund from the income tax dept, and I have to file in new documents because the old one went missing a few time. After failing to get anything from me (why should I give when they are paid to do job?), the approval was finally given. What a waste of time and effort. If I have given, it may only take 2 months. Who’s to blame? The dept or the people who give to expediate matters.

    So I agree more with your reply than with your article.

  4. 4 ocho-onda
    February 3, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Two wrongs do not make a right. The issue here is not who is corrupt or who is not . What is of relevance is that who ever is in power,whether it is BN or PR,as guardians of the nation ,it is their duty to place the interests of the nation and the country above theirs !
    It is the system which we have corrupted which at the end of the day has given birth to the culture of corruption .
    I can still remember vividly my childhood friend who was living in a tiny 1 bedroom police quarters together with his parents and 3 other siblings ! I am not condoning corruption nor am I insinuating that his father who was a detective sargeant was corrupt but even if he was, can anyone honestly blame him, with so many mouths to feed on the meagre PDRM salary !?!

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